Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014



"God's not dead
He's surely alive
He's living on the inside
Roaring like a lion!"

Newsboys


We had a pretty spectacular Easter!

BEST EASTER EVER, in fact!

We went to the Easter Service at NewSpring on Saturday night, and followed that up with a trip to Mellow Mushroom for dinner (were Davis flirted and gave a girl his digits--oh, help me!) We topped it all off with frozen yogurt at Yogurt Mountain (the Watermelon Sorbet and Caramel Pretzel are two must haves!)



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I'm linking the Easter Service here because it's just THAT good!  Even if you're "not into all this God stuff," it's a fantabulous message to watch.  It's the story of a family in our church, the Smiths, and it's a story of HOPE.

Christ follower or not.  Believer or not.  You won't be sorry if you watch it!

I know from personal experience that stories are powerful.

In fact, my sister, Allison,  and her family attended NewSpring for the first time during Saturday night's Easter Service, and the Smiths' story changed Allison's story!

She met Jesus, and her story is now changed forever! (along with 1,500 other peeps!)  **CELEBRATE!**



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Stories are powerful!

One word for this Easter...ABUNDANT!

















It was so good, y'all!

Olivia and Davis woke up ready to find their Easter baskets!






Olivia found her's out in the boat!  That Easter Bunny can be so sneaky sometimes!












Kevin allowed the kiddos to feast on an appetizer of Easter candy before breakfast!








I have no words...








Then the little ones feasted on bunny pancakes and strawberry-banana skewers!







We spent all of Easter afternoon at Nana and Papa's for lunch and Easter festivities.  All the kiddos had such a fun time together.  I wish I had taken pics of all their shenanigans!  

Papa managed to keep Sarah, Bradley and Olivia pretty well entertained pulling them around in the lawnmower trailer (yep, that's how we roll in the country!) and letting them make a muddy river through the garden with the hose.  Plus, they had fun climbing a ladder to get up to tree limbs then swinging from the trees like monkeys!  Olivia said it was "the best day EVER!"








Olivia and Sarah put on singing shows for us singing show tunes (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins, Sherif Callie, Octonauts) from Disney Jr.  They were pretty cute!











I tried out three new recipes to take to Easter lunch.  They were all really good, so I wanted to share!

Spinach and Gruyere Quiches from Martha Stewart



Twice-Baked Potato Bake from the Publix Easter Weekly Ad

(Makes 8 Servings)

1 (28-oz) bag baby potatoes
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
2/3 cup ranch-style sour cream dip
1 cup Sargento Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar Shredded Cheese
1/2 cup french-fried onions

1.  Preheat oven to 325.  Toss potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper: place in 2-quart baking dish.  Bake 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork: remove from oven.  Mash potatoes coarsely with potato masher.

2.  Chop chives.  Spread dip over potatoes.  Top potatoes with cheese, onions, and chives.  Bake 8-10 more minutes or until cheese melts.  Serve.



Lemon-Blueberry Coffee Cake

This recipe calls for fresh blueberries.  I had frozen ones, so that's what I used, but they all sank to the bottom of the cake and made kind of a mushy blueberry mess.  Next time I'll use fresh, for sure!  Oh, and I had already poured the batter into the loaf pan before I realized I forgot to add the baking powder.  I'm sure that makes a difference!  In my defense, I kept having to start and stop and start and stop my prep work because Olivia and Davis refused to play nicely together, and then Davis fell off his motorcycle, and his head met the hardwoods pretty hard.  I'm lucky the coffee cake turned out as well as it did!

I can't say anything I cooked turned out picture worthy, but Nana's bunny and carrot Rice Krispy Treats she made for the grands were oh so perfectly Pinterest worthy!




I hope you and yours had a great weekend, too!

Sincerely,

Leigh